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Sakura Wars 4: Fall in Love, Maidens is the fourth game in the Sakura Wars series, developed by Sega and Red Entertainment in 2002. It is the final game released for the Sega Dreamcast.

In 1927, two months after Ichiro Ogami returns to Tokyo in Sakura Wars: The Movie, the ghost of the daimyo Nagayasu Okubo escapes from imprisonment and seeks to exact revenge on the people who have vilified him. While producing a stage adaptation of Les Misérables at the same time, Ogami leads the Paris and Flower Divisions in an effort to stop Nagayasu and save Tokyo for the last time.

Fall in Love, Maidens was the final entry in the Sakura Wars series to feature Daisuke Gori as the voice of Yokihiko Otanote  before his death in 2010.

The game is followed by Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love.


This game provides examples of:

  • Big Damn Heroes: The Paris Division help stop Nagayasu from killing the Flower Division in the first act.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The Imperial and Paris Combat Revues exorcize Nagayasu's spirit and all is well in Tokyo. But the Mikasa has been destroyed once again and the Paris Combat Revue has to return to Paris. And sadly, Shin Sakura Wars establishes that three years after Fall in Love, Maidens, both revues, as well as the New York Combat Revue, get annihilated in the Great Demon War.
  • Book-Ends: The first and last scenes of Ogami's story arc take place in Ueno Park where the cherry blossoms are blooming.
  • Call-Back: The post-credits stinger where Yoneda is walking in Ueno Park not only recalls the first scene of the 1996 video game, but also to the film.
  • Creator Cameo: Oji Hiroi voices the Big Bad, Nagayasu Okubo.
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  • Demoted to Extra: While Grand-Mère, Mell, and Ci are major supporting characters in Is Paris Burning?, their roles are reduced significantly in this game.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After much hardship throughout the four games and the movie, the demons have been finally vanquished from Tokyo and the world is at peace, at least until the Great Demon War.
  • End of an Age: The game marks the end of Ichiro Ogami's career as the captain of the Imperial Combat Revue as well as Ikki Yoneda's own career as its commander.
  • Grand Finale: It serves as the final entry of the story arc involving Ichiro Ogami. The game also represents the completion of the four-game and five-anime saga started by Sakura Wars.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": The Flower and Paris Divisions when they see Ogami in their bath.
  • Passing the Torch: At the end of the game, Ogami is promoted to manager after Yoneda retires.
  • Series Fauxnale: While Fall in Love, Maidens is the end of Ichiro Ogami's story arc that has been built up since Thou Shalt Not Die, it's not the end to the overall storyline. Even Oji Hiroi said this was the case.
  • Show Within a Show: The stage play featured in this game is based on the Victor Hugo novel Les Misérables, which was adapted into a musical back in 1985.
  • The Stinger: In the post-credits stinger, Yoneda is walking through a road with cherry blossoms flying in the air and watches the spirits of Ogami meeting the Flower and Paris Divisions.
  • Thwarted Coup de Grâce: In the first act, the Flower Division is at Nagayasu's mercy when the Paris Division intervenes.
  • Time Skip: The game takes place two months after the events of Sakura Wars: The Movie.

Alternative Title(s): Sakura Taisen 4, Sakura Wars 4, Sakura Taisen 4 Koiseyo Otome


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